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The Polish Ministry of Defence has announced yesterday that the country is seeking to procure a total of 96 AH-64E GUARDIAN (APACHE family) attack helicopters from the United States for its KRUK attack helicopter programme.

The announcement took place amid talks between Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin during a meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group at the Ramstein airbase. According to the Polish MoD, the helicopters are intended to be operated alongside ABRAMS MBTs, which have also been ordered from the US. As a stop-gap measure, Poland intends to lease APACHES from US stocks until its own are delivered.

In a statement, Apache manufacturer Boeing welcomed Poland’s selection of the AH-64E (v6) configuration for the KRUK programme. Boeing stated that it will continue to expand its partnership with Polish defence holding company Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ).